This Friday evening, I will give an artist talk at the Abrams Claghorn gallery in Albany. I will explain how to take nature photographs that look like paintings without the use of photoshop, and why it is worth our while to while away our precious time admiring the natural world. You are warmly invited to join me for an evening of art, biophilia, and hobnobbing. I hope to see you there!
From the gallery:
Robert Abrams, gallery owner and curator, is delighted to present the next in a series of artist talks. This event is free of charge.
This month features ceramic sculptor Natasha Dikareva and nature photographer and naturalist Becky Jaffe. Both artists tap into the natural world for inspiration, but otherwise couldn’t be more different.
Becky Jaffe’s fine art photography explores the art of “Biophilia”, the innate sense of kinship we recognize with other living beings. Using in-camera techniques that stretch the photographic medium to create painterly effects, she fuses an artist’s sensibility with a biologist’s curiosity in order to communicate reverence for the natural world. She enjoys photographing birds and tropical insects in particular, and relishes those moments when the insects appear to be studying her.
Natasha Dikareva is known for her surreal, exquisitely formed human figures which often morph into other biological forms such as birds, fish and trees. Dikareva’s latest work, developed during an intense introspective period, confronts the idea of physical security in relation to current events in the world.
In this free and family-friendly slideshow presentation, I will teach you how — and why — to wile away endless hours of otherwise productive time admiring our insect kin. I’ll finally answer the question posed in 1871 in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass: ‘What sort of insects do you rejoice in, where you come from?’
Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 2 pm
San Ramon Public Library
100 Montgomery Street
San Ramon, CA 94583
Would you like to learn how to translate your love for nature into better photographs? In this presentation, Seeing Nature and the Nature of Seeing, I will offer specific tools for improving both your visual thinking skills and your fieldwork to create beautiful nature images.
Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:30 pm
Alameda Photographic Society
2441 San Jose Ave.
Please join me on March 20th for Nerd Nite SF. If you haven’t heard of Nerd Nite, imagine Ted Talks on tequila. Nerd Nite offers a casual and occasionally drunken venue to geek out over the entertaining side of science. This Wednesday I am delighted to be one of three guest nerds presenting. I will lead you on a romp through Mother Nature’s freaky side, surveying some of the more outlandish ways animals do the wild thing. Audience members will form teams to compete in a pub quiz-style trivia game with prizes of the salacious biological variety. Just in time for Spring, this talk is guaranteed to cause a bioorgasm.Where: the Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St, San Francisco When: Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Greetings from my new roommate, Ms. Eurycantha calcarata! This impressive stick insect, about the size of a quarter, is the best honorarium I ever received. Thank you to Eddie Dunbar and the members of the Insect Sciences Museum for hosting me as guest presenter last Saturday, March 9th. The event was held at the Rotary Nature Center at Lake Merritt, the nation’s first wildlife refuge, established in 1870. It was a special pleasure to talk with other insect enthusiasts who are working right here in Oakland cataloging endemic species, organizing educational outreach programs for children and adults, and generally spreading the Arthropod appreciation.
Photo: No Child Left Inside by Becky Jaffe
How To Be a Poet
(to remind myself)
How well do we know the place we live, our home, the Bay Area? One way to feel rooted in a sense of place is to observe our natural environment with exquisite attention. This Thursday night I will present my photographs of local flora and fauna to guide you through one year in the life cycle of the Bay Area, highlighting the natural history of the spectacular wildlife who migrate through our home each month and offering tips on the best local wildlife viewing spots.
We’ll play Name That Migratory Animal! with pubQuiz-style field recordings and compete for prizes of the esoteric biological variety. This event is graciously hosted by the SF Natural History Series.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Photo: Working Up An Appetite by Becky Jaffe
Please join me in celebration of Earth Day this Thursday night at the California Academy of Sciences for a “Dirty, Earthy NightLife.” I am delighted to be presenting a slideshow of my photography entitled Eye to Compound Eye: The Art and Science of Insect Photography.
Incorporating anecdotes from biology, ecology, and cultural anthropology, I will share my adventures in insect photography in the hopes of inspiring you to pick up your camera and look at insects with a new lens.
WHEN: Thursday, April 26, 8:30pm
WHERE: Cal Academy, African Hall
55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco